MODESTO – Sierra High did just about everything right, reeling off its second consecutive victory in a 44-35 win over the Beyer Patriots.
PATTERSON – With Brock Swift's 18 points leading the way, the East Union sophomore basketball team cruised to a 39-29 victory in Patterson Tuesday night.
Manteca native Brian Rohles followed his best season with an even better one.
STOCKTON - East Union High's varsity wrestling team got its usual strong efforts from some of its top middle-weight grapplers during the Bear Creek Tournament at Delta College Saturday, but the best finishes came from others.
Running back Jarrod Daniels set program records and helped Sierra High's football team make history this past 2009 season.
WESTON RANCH – Beating Golden valley High in the Cougar Duals Tournament championship match would have been nice, but the Weston Ranch Cougars will settle for a 4-1 record and the division II tournament title.
STOCKTON – Closing out the 32nd Annual Stagg Delta Queen Basketball Tournament as back-to-back champions was important to the Weston Ranch Cougars and their 34-29 win over the Bear Creek Bruins gave the team its goal with a consecutive tournament title.
ELK GROVE – The Weston Ranch Cougars handed a Reno High a sturdy fight, but a last second push from Reno provided the difference in the Cougars' 61-49 loss in the Mark Macres Tournament consolation championship.
With 4.4 seconds remaining in the contest the Manteca Buffaloes strolled out of their final timeout with only one chance at victory. The chance became reality when sophomore Jaqi Gutierrez nailed a desperation 3-pointer as time expired, sending the Buffaloe faithful into frenzy and the Pitman Pride home with a 57-55 loss.
STOCKTON – The East Union Lancers took on teams complete with wrestlers in each weight class, but were able to do battle short-staffed, still competing during the team-dual portion of the Bear Creek Tournament Friday at Delta College.
STOCKTON – The Weston Ranch Cougars wasted little time punching their ticket back to the Stagg Tournament championship, jumping out to a 10 point halftime lead before knocking off the host Delta Queens 68-49 in the tournament semi-final.
TURLOCK – The opportunity was there, but Manteca High was unable to take advantage.
LODI – The Cougars held a six-point halftime lead and they would not relinquish their lead, fighting off a stubborn Lincoln High of Stockton squad 57-53 to land a spot in the Tokay Tournament consolation championship.
GALT - The Hack-a-Shaq tactic didn't work for Chavez of Stockton in its Galt Warrior Classic opener against Ripon Christian Thursday.
STOCKTON – After missing her first attempt at sinking the go-ahead free throw with 20 seconds remaining in the game, Weston Ranch junior Timnesha Wilson took full advantage of her second try, pushing the Cougars up for good in their 51-50 win over Chavez High Thursday in the Stagg Tournament.
After giving up the lead in the fourth quarter Thursday, Sierra bounced back with a 28-yard touchdown pass from Caden Worth to Brandy James with 4:53 showing on the clock and held on for the 12-7 win over visiting Ripon in non-league freshman football action at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium.
Weston Ranch successfully defended its Stagg Brown and Gold Cup crown on Saturday, securing the championship with a 2-0 win over the host team.
The Ripon and Sierra football teams will rekindle their rivalry in the marquee Zero Week game tonight.
LODI - Leagues are realigned.
Manteca and East Union are out for revenge, while Lathrop's second-year head coach returns to his hometown to lead the Spartans onto familiar grounds.
Brooke Riley stood shoulder to shoulder with a teammate, both staring down the third fairway at Manteca Park Golf Course.
LATHROP – Alfredo Reynaga hasn't wasted any time putting his stamp on the Lathrop High boys soccer program.
Weston Ranch isn't going to surprise anybody this year.
Ripon Christian has re-established itself as a force among Sac-Joaquin Section small-school powers following eight straight losing seasons.
The Ripon High boys soccer team didn't just lose the area's top player from a year ago.
Kevin Mendiola wheeled back with his right foot and took the ball off a bounce, sending it crashing into the back of the net.
An undefeated league record and a playoff win would be seen as successful for most teams. Ripon Christian did that in the 2013-2014 season, and for the Knights it was an off year.
In this her 10th year in the Sierra volleyball program, Timberwolves coach Trinity Johnson is looking to improve on last year's 1-13 Valley Oak League record – 3-19 overall – and she is not afraid to think outside the box to do it.
The Manteca Futbol Club Flash under-12 girls soccer team might not have a flashy Northern California ranking, but that could soon change.
It is not often that a team has momentum after graduating its core players, but the East Union volleyball team is riding high going into this year's Valley Oak League campaign.